OK, so I loaded ZE8.2 about 24hrs ago. I have noticed a little bit of that extra 'zip' that people have been talking about. Nothing too drastic though.
I'm still having issues with my app menu stuttering when I open it and scroll through it. I am also experiencing the line flashes on the screen every now and then. Overall I think it was worth it to switch over to the new kernel (It really was FAST and EASY). My next step will be to uninstall the bloatware tomorrow, and see if that makes things flow any smoother.